Years and Years of Spooky Things

“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen;

Voices whisper in the trees:  Tonight is Halloween.”

-Unknown-

journal entry:

I am quite sentimental about a lot of things.  I have collected a few Halloween decorations from “I don’t remember where.”  It can be hard to figure out what to keep over a lifetime.  When I get the Halloween box out each year,the contents are like old friends.  Take these pumpkins, for example.  (don’t really take them)  I have had them for years and years.  They are made out of paper mache’.  They usually sit on the mantle with other pumpkin friends along with a pumpkin patch sign.   I am sure that someone who knows about paper mache’ could make some just like them.  I don’t know . . . maybe not.  They are quite unique.  That is why I keep them.  Year after year after year.

Oh . . . the plates !  That is what I say when I unwrap the plates.  I have had them also for years and years and years.  The ” trick” plate is small and the “treat” plate is large.  They sit on the mantle on easels.  I don’t know who made them or where they came from.  I love them.  Same with the little, wooden witch.  She is carved.  Holding a little pumpkin.  Sometimes I put her on the mantle and sometimes on the window sill in the kitchen.  I love her old-fashioned look.  The paper mache’ pumpkin on the left has company.  A teeny tiny pumpkin and one made of brass.  A little tea light shines at night from the brass pumpkin.

This little witch has been my friend for years.  Every Halloween she sits quietly and cares for her little frog.  I bought her at a boutique and greatly admire whomever made her.  You know, I wonder if I would decorate for holidays the way I do if there were no little children to express their delight?  It is work to get things out and put things away.  But, oh . . . it is FUN !

“On Halloween the thing you must do is pretend that nothing can frighten you.

And if something scares you, and you want to run,  just let on like it’s Halloween Fun.”

-a 19th century postcard-

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